Connect iPad to Wi-Fi

Hint Mind you, advice on iPad below are iPhone / iPod touch applicable.

Well as our geeks noticed from the Live Chat there are more than a few people who want to know how to connect the newest iPad Air / Retina iPad mini as well as Apple tablet of older gens i.e. iPad 4 / iPad 3 / iPaD 2 to wireless network , and resolve some problems traditionally associated with WiFi. Answering individually isn’t broad and all-round so here it is, laid out in a few scenarios, that are iPhone applicable too.

The first scenario is where you can configure your home WiFi router and connect your newly bought iPad to Internet. Before setting Wi-Fi on Apple tablet we would recommend to configure Wi-Fi router. Here are some of the most important points to consider when configuring wireless LAN for maximum performance, security, and reliability:

    1. Make sure you set SSID for your wireless network, ( tip: choose any name that at your best confidence is unique in neighborhood).
    2. Set to Disabled the property of Hidden for your network to reduce the connection time and increase the reliability of auto-connection, ( notice that this will not mitigate the security of your network, as SSID may be revealed even from hidden network via variety mechanisms).
    3. Set WPA2/AES and Enable WMM for your network. WEP or WPA/TKIP security for 802.11n routers will knock your throughput down. WMM enabled ensures the link rates higher than 54 Mbps.
    4. Set up password.
    5. Configure Wi-Fi protocol implemented by router for maximum speed and compatibility: 802.11n routers should be Set to 802.11b/g/n while those ones that support 802.11g should be put into 802.11b/g mode.
    6. Set to Auto the property of Channel.
    7. Set to 20 Mhz the Channel bandwidth. Narrow channel is less subject to interference and increases reliability. If you have dual band router set 20 Mhz for both 2,4 Ghz and 5.0 Ghz bands. Otherwise you may encounter the problem when Apple tablet picks up the beacons that can come from any wireless access point nearby but not yours. Once it had found such a beacon it simply sets the supported channels in the hardware to match, so you will be not able to see your own SSID of 5.0 Ghz. So, don't use Channel Bonding.
    8. For 5. Ghz band choose 36 / 40 /44/ 48 for Channel instead of Auto .This will increase the reliability of WiFi connection.

Use manual for your router to set up properly LAN (DHCP, TCP/IP etc.) , NAT and other features such as NAT, Media Bandwidh etc.. Now that your Wi-Fi router is configured you may get down to iPad's settings:
    1. Tap Settings.
    2. Make sure that Aiplane Mode is OFF.
    3. Tap Wi-Fi on the Settings submenu (left-half of the Window).
    4. Set to ON Wi-Fi property on the right-half of the Window. (iPad will start scanning the networks available in your neighborhood, in a moment you will see a list of them in the Choose a Network field).
    5. Tap the name of your home network (recognizable via SSID you set up for it).
    6. Type your password into the “Enter the password for…” pop-up sub-window.
    7. Tap Join.
    8. Close Settings window with use of five-fingers gesture.

After all you have done for iPad's Wi-Fi connection your tablet should be connected showing the sign of it at left top corner of the screen.

Occasionally you may found yourself in the second scenario when tablet may be connected to Wi-Fi network, but unable to access the Internet. When it comes to troubleshooting such problem the useful solutions may be found in following actions:

  • Shut down both your router and iPad, then turn them ON (iPad has to be turned ON after LEDs on your router indicate that the wireless feature is enabled and there is a connection made through the Internet port).

If the problem persists
  • Change your Wi-Fi Router channel to optimize your wireless signal as sometimes Auto property for Channel in the aggressive network environment created by your neighbors is culprit in bad wireless connectivity of iPad. Try a few channels to be in frequency as far away from everybody else as you can.

If the problem persists
  • tap Settings ,tap WiFi and trigger Wi-Fi into OFF and then ON again.

If the problem persists:
    1. Tap Settings.
    2. Tap General.
    3. Tap Reset.
    4. Tap Reset Network Settings.(This will reset all network settings, including passwords).
    5. Start connecting to your network using above procedure.

The third common scenario is where Wi-Fi is working in all other home devices but not in iPad. If this is your case it may be necessary to renew IP address for Apple tablet:

    1. Tap Settings.
    2. Tap Wi-Fi on the Settings submenu (left-half of the Window).
    3. Locate the name of your home network in the "Choose a Network" area.
    4. Tap the sign “>” at upper end of the field holding this name.
    5. Tap Renew Lease.
    6. Close Settings window with use of five-fingers gesture

If the issue persists, try turning Wi-Fi to Off and then to On

Some exemplars of iPad 3 may have Wi-Fi connectivity problem due to incorrect algorithm on power saving implemented for Broadcom BCM4330 chip. To work around this try to reduce the brightness for iPad'3 screen to the lowest acceptable level, after this shut down tablet, then turn it on and use all above advice to get to connected to Wi-Fi. It is expected that Apple will resolve this problem in next update for iOS. Fiddling with tablet may encourage you to unveil 50+ secrets that can help you maintain iPad.